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Making it in Hollywood, celebrating diversity, rocking Masada and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

March 3, 2014 | 11:57 am

Diversity in the IDF/ Dor Pozner - Wikipedia

Protecting migrating birds

Israel sets an example in the protection of migrating birds, with a singular program in which wild birds are fed with the aim of preserving their old migration patterns while protecting relatively new agrarian lands. It all takes place in the Hula Valley, a swampy basin almost at Israel’s northernmost point, which was one of the premier sites chosen by the early Zionist pioneers who arrived in the 19th century from Eastern Europe and Yemen, wishing to settle their ancestral lands.

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Another Israeli actress making it big in Hollywood

16 years old Odeya Rush is taking over Hollywood, step by step. After appearing on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Law and Order," "SVU" and also Disney’s "The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” the Israeli born actress will star alongside Jack Black in the film adaptation of R.L Stine’s "Goosebumps" series.

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Celebrating “Diversity Week”

Israel, “a nation of immigrants” attracts soldiers from all over the world, who choose to live in Israel and serve in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) while bringing their unique culture and traditions from their countries of origin. Last week, the IDF Diversity Week was mentioned, celebrating the differences that unite Israeli soldiers. Every year, thousands of minority recruits join the IDF. Israel’s military makes tremendous efforts to integrate minorities into the army and society in general, resulting in vast diversity among the IDF’s ranks.

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David Guetta, 424 meters under the sea

Watch this awesome video featuring David Guetta in his unforgettable, out of this world performance at Masada, Israel!

 


Crossing ethnic and religion lines for science education

Operating since 1949, the Sci-Tech School program has helped prepare thousands of students from development towns, and the Arab and Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) communities, to learn the skills they need to succeed. On Feb. 25, Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools, a U. S. based nonprofit organization supporting the Israeli schools network, held a gala to honor five prominent supporters of the program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

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Israeli high tech companies give back to society

When you’re successful – why not give back to society? Israeli corporate philanthropy experienced a nearly sevenfold jump between 1998 and 2008 — from $25 million, to about $172 million — according to the Hebrew University’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy, and the upward trend has continued. As the country’s economy has grown in recent years, experts and corporate advisers are seeing a steady uptick in corporate donations and a growing culture of corporate responsibility.

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The U.S welcome Titi

Yityish (Titi) Aynaw, the first ever Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent, has gone from an Israeli Defense Forces officer to a beauty queen. Last week, she visited the United States, and even interviewed to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Take a virtual tour in Israel

A new interactive video designed to encourage incoming tourism to Israel went live recently on the Tourism Ministry website. The viewer can choose the virtual tour he or she wishes to take, in keeping with personal interests and tastes.

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China joins the Israeli tech scene

Israel's technology scene has recently spawned several global sensations, and the Chinese are getting in on the action. Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson says his office worked with China on dozens of joint technology projects last year, when three years ago, there were none.

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Israeli comedian suspected of sexual assault

And for some less happy news: Israeli Comedian Yaron Berlad, who starts on the popular Israeli television show "Eretz Nehederet" (A Wonderful Country), was detained Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl from central Israel. Following the advice of his lawyer, Berlad chose not to hide behind the gag order that was issued in the case, and decided to request that his name will be disclosed.

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